The Indianapolis Colts Quarterback Curse has Bitten Carson Wentz

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz has entered a club he doesn’t want to be associated with. He is the third recent Colts starting quarterback out due to a major injury.

Wentz joins former Colts quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning. He just had surgery on his injured left foot and could be out 5-12 weeks.

Indianapolis is optimistic he could return early enough that he wouldn’t miss much of the season — if any. But are the Colts’ quarterbacks cursed?

Wentz’s injury history

The Philadelphia Eagles agreed to trade Carson Wentz to the Indianapolis Colts in February, which, at the time, seemed to be an ideal fit for both parties. He would be reunited with former Philadelphia offensive coordinator Frank Reich, who is now the Colts head coach, and the Eagles could move on with Jalen Hurts.

Wentz wanted out of Philly, and the team had lost confidence in his ability toward the end of the 2020 season and decided to turn to Hurts, who sparked the team as a rookie.

The Colts’ starting quarterback, Philip Rivers, decided to call it a career and retired from football. But since Wentz’s injury, he has talked about returning to the NFL, per ESPN.

Wentz’s injury history should have been a red flag for the Colts before they traded for him. He has been in the league for five years and has now been injured seven times, including in 2018 when the Eagles won the Super Bowl behind backup quarterback Nick Foles. The Colts’ recent bad luck with quarterback injuries, though, started with Peyton Manning.

Manning’s neck injury

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning throws a touchdown pass to Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison during first-quarter action in their game with the San Francisco 49ers | Monica M. Davey/AFP via Getty Images

Peyton Manning’s first neck injury actually came in 2006 against Washington, according to SB Nation, when he took a couple of hits from defenders Andre Carter and Phillip Daniels.

However, Manning’s neck issues didn’t pop up again until 2010, and he had to have surgery after the 2010 season.

His first two neck surgeries were more noninvasive, but the last few had the Colts concerned that Manning wouldn’t be his old self. They decided to release him after he missed the 2011 campaign, and he signed with the Denver Broncos in 2012 and went on to win another Super Bowl before he retired.

The Colts, meanwhile, turned to rookie quarterback Andrew Luck after Manning was gone.

Andrew Luck’s bad luck with injuries


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After releasing Manning, the Colts selected Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck as their new savior with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft.

But just like it did with Manning, the injury bug haunted Luck throughout the latter part of his career in Indy.

Luck’s first few years with the Colts were basically injury-free until he suffered a shoulder injury, a lacerated kidney, and a partially torn abdominal muscle during the 2015 season. 

From that point on, Luck faced a bevy of injuries, which finally ended with a lingering calf strain in 2019. Because of the mental and physical toll the game took on him, Luck decided to retire at the age of 29.

A once-promising career ended because of injuries. Hopefully, for the Colts, this is just another bump in the road for Wentz and nothing more following the outcomes of those injuries to quarterbacks of the past.